New student and Family Convocation
The 20th annual New Student and Family Convocation will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Viejas Arena. New Student and Family Convocation serves as the official welcome to all new students and their families to the SDSU community.
We would like to invite all fall 2022 admitted first-year, transfer and graduate students to attend.
The events will be livestreamed for those who do not wish to attend in person. Colleges have been assigned to a ceremony, as listed below. All times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
- Saturday, August 20 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
- Fowler College of Business
- College of Education
- College of Engineering
- College of Health & Human Services
- SDSU Global Campus
- Saturday, August 20 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
- College of Arts & Letters
- College of Professional Studies & FIne Arts
- College of Sciences
- Undergraduate Studies (Undeclared)
- SDSU Imperial Valley
Not sure what college your student belongs to? Find the list of colleges by major here.
Starting on Friday, July 8 at 12:00 p.m. (PDT), you will be able to RSVP for New Student and Family Convocation using the google form. Seats will be on a first come first serve basis. The deadline to rsvp is August 15, 2022.
There will be a livestream option for families who are not able to join in person on August 20.
We are no longer taking RSVPs for New Family Student Convocation.
However, if you and your family would like to attend please feel free to join us on
August 20, 2022 at Viejas Arena even if you haven't RSVP'd.
Public Health Guidelines
Following California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines for large-scale events, New Student and Family Convocation will adhere to the following:
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccine will not be required for students and families to attend based on CDPH guidelines for large events.
- Facial coverings will not be required for all attending each ceremony, but are welcome to wear one to be more comfortable. Please remember to bring your own facial covering.
Attendee acknowledges an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people gather. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Attendee shall assume all risks, hazards, and dangers arising from or relating in any way to the risk of contracting a communicable disease or illness — including, without limitation, exposure to COVID-19 or any other bacteria, virus, or other pathogen capable of causing a communicable disease or illness, whether that exposure occurs before, during, or after the event, and regardless of how caused or contracted — and Attendee hereby waives any and all claims and potential claims against the State of California, the Trustees of the California State University, San Diego State University, Associated Students of San Diego State University and all of their officers, employees and agents — and against any companies affiliated with the State of California, the Trustees of the California State University, San Diego State University, Associated Students of San Diego State University and all of their officers, employees and agents — relating to such risks, hazards, and dangers.
What is New Student and Family Convocation?
Convocation serves as your induction into the university. This free annual event is designed specifically for new members of the SDSU community and symbolically represents their embarkation on a new academic journey. It is designed for ALL newly admitted fall 2022 students — including first-year, transfer and graduate students and their families. It promotes the institutional values of scholarship, citizenship and leadership. At convocation, faculty, students and administrators will officially welcome new students and their families.
The ceremony is an important step as students and their families recognize their entrance into the university community. It also serves to "bookend" each student's collegiate experience, with convocation as the opening ceremony and commencement as the final goal.